Job 33:32
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New International Version
If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you.

New Living Translation
But if you have anything to say, go ahead. Speak, for I am anxious to see you justified.

English Standard Version
If you have any words, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you.

Berean Study Bible
But if you have something to say, answer me; speak up, for I would like to vindicate you.

New American Standard Bible
"Then if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.

King James Bible
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

Christian Standard Bible
But if you have something to say, answer me; speak, for I would like to justify you.

Contemporary English Version
though I would gladly listen to anything you say that proves you are right.

Good News Translation
But if you have something to say, let me hear it; I would gladly admit you are in the right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you have something to say, answer me; speak, for I would like to justify you.

International Standard Version
If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, because I'd be happy to vindicate you.

NET Bible
If you have any words, reply to me; speak, for I want to justify you.

New Heart English Bible
If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you have a response, answer me. Speak, because I'd be happy if you were right.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify thee.

New American Standard 1977
Then if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee.

King James 2000 Bible
If you have any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.

American King James Version
If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.

American Standard Version
If thou hast anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thou hast any thing to say, answer me, speak : for I would have thee to appear just.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou hast anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee.

English Revised Version
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.

World English Bible
If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.

Young's Literal Translation
If there are words -- answer me, Speak, for I have a desire to justify thee.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
31Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak. 32But if you have something to say, answer me; speak up, for I would like to vindicate you. 33But if not, then listen to me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.”…
Cross References
Job 33:5
Refute me if you can; prepare your case and confront me.

Job 33:31
Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.

Job 33:33
But if not, then listen to me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom."

Treasury of Scripture

If you have anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify you.

Job 15:4,5 Yes, you cast off fear, and restrain prayer before God…

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully …

Job 22:5-9 Is not your wickedness great? and your iniquities infinite…

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove …







(32) I desire to justify thee.--He wishes to justify Job before his friends, that is, to maintain that his afflictions are not on account of past sin, but as a preservative against possible future defection. This being so, he considers that Job's case may justly be defended, and Job himself vindicated against his friends.

Verse 32. - If thou hast anything to say, answer me. Nevertheless, i.e., if there is really anything that thou wouldst fain urge on thine own behalf at this point, speak - I am ready to hear - for I dare to justify thee; i.e. "I am anxious, if possible, or so far as possible, to defend and justify thy conduct." Then, probably, Elihu made a pause, to allow of Job's speaking; but, as the patriarch kept silence, he continued. If thou hast anything to say, answer me,.... Any thing to object to what he had delivered, or any answer to return to what he had charged him with:

speak, for I desire to justify thee. Elihu was a fair antagonist, and gave free liberty, time and space, to make whatsoever reply he thought fit, and which he should patiently and attentively hear: his view was not victory, but that truth might come out, and take place and prevail, having nothing more at heart than Job's good; and could wish it would appear that he was in all respects a just man, and even in that in which he thought he was not just; but could he fairly acquit himself it would be a pleasure to him. 32. justify—to do thee justice; and, if I can, consistently with it, to declare thee innocent. At Job 33:33 Elihu pauses for a reply; then proceeds in Job 34:1. 33:29-33 Elihu shows that God's great and gracious design toward the children of men, is, to save them from being for ever miserable, and to bring them to be for ever happy. By whatever means we are kept back from the we shall bless the Lord for them at least, and should bless him for them though they be painful and distressing. Those that perish for ever are without excuse, for they would not be healed.
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